NYC recruits Rachael Ray to create school lunch recipes

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New York City enlists the help of celebrity chef Rachael Ray to finally get kids to say “yum-o” at school lunch.

City Hall is creating a “Chefs Council” led by the daytime TV star to develop more than 100 plant-based recipes for public schools, The Post has learned.

“The new Chefs Council will develop delicious, nutritious, culturally relevant meals for schools with direct input from students and parents,” Mayor Eric Adams said in a statement.

The initiative comes after student complaints about less than “delicious” menu options, including stale waffles and undercooked chicken nuggets.

The Chefs Council includes 12 members from the culinary industry, television and food activism. Ray and other chefs on the council — from Buzzfeed’s chef for delicious food videos, JJ Johnson, to Bill Telepan, culinary director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art — will train school cooks in partnership with the national nonprofit, Wellness in the Schools.

Celebrity chef Rachael Ray
Celebrity chef Rachael Ray will lead the Chefs Council’s efforts to introduce plant-based meals in schools.
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Students have previously posted viral photos of bad lunchtime meals.
Students have previously posted viral photos of bad lunchtime meals.
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The recipes will be tested in all five counties this school year as part of monthly seasonal menus. The full program will be rolled out to all schools by the next school year.

“This initiative will help expand our menus while ensuring they meet our strict health standards and reflect the cultures and communities we serve,” said School Chancellor David Banks.

Adams, a part-time vegan and author of the 2020 book Healthy at Last, has been vocal about how switching to a healthier diet has saved his sight and improved his life.

The health-conscious mayor introduced weekly vegan school meals early in his tenure, later renamed Plant Powered Fridays to reflect some of the non-vegan options still available.

Cafeteria workers prepare a meatless lunch for a Meatless Monday announcement during a visit by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and School Chancellor Richard Carranza at PS130, a Brooklyn public school March 11, 2019 in New York City.
Mayor Eric Adams has encouraged students to eat vegan on Fridays.
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But school lunches were still plagued by complaints. A popular Instagram profile documented disgusting school meals at a Queens high school – likened it to “diarrhea smeared all over my plate” on the student-run account.

Food quality in public schools later in June sparked a city council hearing in which students testified about unpopular meal options that led them to toss their trays in the trash.

https://nypost.com/2022/09/27/nyc-recruits-rachael-ray-to-create-school-lunch-recipes/ NYC recruits Rachael Ray to create school lunch recipes

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